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noun ker·chief \ˈkər-chəf, -ˌchēf\

: a square piece of cloth that is worn around your neck or as a covering for your head

plural kerchiefs \-chəfs, -ˌchēfs\ also ker·chieves \-ˌchēvz\

Full Definition of KERCHIEF

:  a square of cloth used as a head covering or worn as a scarf around the neck
:  handkerchief 1
ker·chiefed \-chəft, -ˌchēft\ adjective

Examples of KERCHIEF

  1. <tied the kerchief around her head to keep her hair out of her face>
  2. <dabbed the sweat on his brow with a kerchief>

Origin of KERCHIEF

Middle English courchef, from Anglo-French coverchef, cuerchief, from coverir to cover + chef head — more at chief
First Known Use: 13th century

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KERCHIEF Defined for Kids


noun ker·chief \ˈkər-chəf\
plural kerchiefs

Definition of KERCHIEF for Kids

:  a square of cloth worn as a head covering or as a scarf

Word History of KERCHIEF

Look at the history of the word kerchief and you will see that it is a fine word for something that covers the head. The English word comes from an Old French compound made up of two words, cuer, it covers, and chef, head.


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